Co-op save Chipping Norton bus service

The Villager Bus proudly sponsored by Your Local Co-op store
The Villager Bus proudly sponsored by Your Local Co-op store

High Street based food store donates thousands of pounds in sponsorship

Bus service provider, The Villager, has been able to preserve popular Oxfordshire routes following a £7500 sponsorship from Your Local Co-op in Chipping Norton.

Three of The Villager buses have been sponsored which provide transport in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire, ensuring residents around Chipping Norton can continue to use its routes. The charity bus service relies on funding from councils to run and it was recently announced that the Oxfordshire County Council will withdraw subsidies for bus routes from local operators from July this year.

Keith Gowing, chairman of The Villager, said; “Most of our passengers are elderly residents who rely on our service to do their shopping and go to medical appointments, as well as meeting with friends. Being able to save our most-used routes with the help of The Midcounties Co-operative has been a big achievement for us, and we’ll be hosting an official launch at the Chipping Norton store to mark our newly branded buses. We are still seeking further support for all our routes but this sponsorship has given our campaign a big boost”

The funding will also support the running costs of The Villager’s fleet of five buses which operate 19 scheduled bus routes. Adam Quinton, Co-op store manager said; “The Oxfordshire bus routes play a big part in the lives of local residents and are an essential community service. Working with local charities is at the heart of our society and the latest sponsorship will help us continue to create a positive impact on the wider community.”